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Old January 16th, 2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default Light fixtures for plants

Hi All.... I'm a new member here.... have been an aquarist for about a decade now. I want now to focus a bit more on growing plants, along with my fish. My tank is a 55 gallon, and the fish are 12 tetras, 5 rainbowfish, and 2 angelfish.

My light fixture consists of only one fluorescent tube... a special 'sunlight' one purchased at PetLand.... and I notice that this seems to be what is generally offered in the stores I go to. I'm pretty sure this is not enough to grow plants successfully, and I want to have a more interesting variety in this tank.... presently I have only one swordplant and several Java ferns. I'm getting more and more algae which the snails cannot keep up with! I'm wondering also why fixtures with two light tubes are not more commonly offered.

Can someone suggest how to find fixtures with two light tubes in New York City? I'm very anxious to get started in raising better plants!!

Thanks for any suggestions!
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